Portulaca oleraceae or purslane is an annual succulent in the family Portulacacaeae. The plant grows about 40cm tall.
The plant is known for its ability to thrive in poor soil.
Purslane is loaded with nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin A,C and E as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.
Purslane is somewhat cruncy and has a slight lemony taste.
Purslane provides the highest amount of vitamin A, more than any other greens. 100g provides 44% of daily value.
Vitamin A improves vision and prevent eyes from age related diseases like macular degeneration and cataract.
Purslane is extremely low in calories. Just a 100g contains only 16 calories.
Purslane is rich in dietry fiber called pectin, which adds bulk to the contents of the stomach and improve satiety, ultimately helping you lower your calorie intake.
Purslane is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids( alpha linolenic acids) more than any other leafy vegetable.
100g of fresh leaves provide you with 250mg alpha-linolenic acids.
Recent studies that diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids can lower the risk of coronary artery diseases and stroke.
Being affluent with vitamin C, purslane can help slow down the aging process.
Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen provides structural support to the tissues and delays development of signs of aging like blemishes, wrinkles etc.